Sports Unlimited: Brooke's Point Eco-Adventures
We discovered another addition to our list of favorite Sports Unlimited playgrounds -- Brooke's Point, Palawan.
Our jump-off point for adventure was the Bantay Kalikasan Eco Academy, located at the foot of Mount Mantalingahan.
A project of ABS-CBN Foundation's head Gina Lopez, the Eco Academy aims to promote eco-tourism as the vessel to further promote awareness about the importance of preserving nature and the beautiful and rich landscape of the Philippines.
Under the canopy of giant trees, rows of tents awaited us. These are the "glamping" amenities of the Eco Academy. The Eco Academy offers team building activities for very reasonable rates.*
Our evening in the forest by the river was spent learning more about the culture of the indigenous people of Brooke's Point, who have long lived in harmony with nature.
We also trekked River Linaw. The water was really clear and refreshing, which made Matthew have a splashing time.
We carefully made our way upstream, maneuvering over and around the rocks. No worries, because we had the local forest rangers to guide us.
The beautiful colorful rocks can catch anyone’s eye but Eco Academy has a very strict policy about taking anything home. Bringing beautiful rocks is on the list of their no-no's.
We headed up the river. The water was such a refreshing break from the hot and humid weather.
When we reached the beautiful Sabsaban Falls, we couldn't help but be awed with nature.
*Eco Academy offers reasonable rates. For P48,000, a team of 50 people can already enjoy 5 meals per day, classes and activities, and glam-camp in the tents. 3 days and 2 nights stay costs P1,488. Guided tour trek, two refreshments, lunch and walking sticks cost P500.
*For more information, you can contact James Bicaldo of Eco Academy Brooke’s Point at +63915-903-7666
May 5, 2012